June 1, 1952

FIFTH COLUMN: (From an article by George Papandreou, on the front page of Kathimerini) «I ask the government (of Nikolaos Plastiras): It had announced that after the first trial of (Nikos) Beloyiannis, a second batch of spies would be tried. Three months have gone by and the trial has not taken place. Why? The government has not replied. I am forced to reply on their behalf. The new trial has not taken place because the government is being blackmailed by a fifth column of fellow travelers, acting within the government party.(…) I ask you, didn’t the government say that it had found evidence implicating the United Democratic Left (EDA) in espionage? And that it had decided to dissolve the party? (…). Yet EDA has not been dissolved. Why not? Because the government has been blackmailed by the fifth column and it has submitted to the blackmail. (…) We sincerely believed that there would be a few representatives of the people with some pride, who would distance themselves from this lamentable government. That duty, however, belongs to the head of state. VOTE FOR WOMEN: In a poll in Athens held by the Greek Gallup institute on the vote for women, 55 percent of respondents agreed with the move, 41.46 percent did not and 2.95 percent did not express an opinion. The Association for the Rights of Women has thanked the government for giving women the vote.

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